For many Indians, Mumbai is the city of dreams. But have you ever wondered what makes this particular city so popular to the travelers who flock in large numbers to witness great tourist places of the city. While you stand near the great architectural edifice of the Taj Palace hotel you would be surprised by sheer magnificence of the beauty of the large domb structure and free flowing wind from the Arabian Sea that casts a spell on you and refreshes you after a day's long work. And if you're on a trip to Mumbai you cant afford to miss on the exotic beach locales offering fascinationg glimpses of the tall sky scrappers located nearby. The busy Chowpatty area which is bustling with teeming populace of people coming together, enjoying a walk through the beach while at the same time basking in the beautiful sun set behind, children playing games with sand dunes and for romantic couples this place offers them the most romantic ambiance as they enjoy the natural beauty of the sea is an ideal place to visit. As the sun drowns in the Arabian Sea, the nearby area seems to be decorated with bright lights especially around Marine Drive. It seems that the beach has been ornamented with a necklace in a round shape in the form of lights surrounding all over the Marine Drive. The cool temperate climate of Mumbai makes it an ideal place to visit all round the year. The summer temperature being 25 C maximum and the winter temperature hovers around 15 C minimum.
Another signature mark of the city of Mumbai is the 'Gateway of India', looks like a gate welcoming the tourists. The very site of this tall edifice enthralls you and the intricate artistic designs of this landmark makes you wonder all through! The cool breeze along side the Arabian Sea along side creates an ambiance for perfect recluse for those visiting and you just end up spending hours looking at this monument. Nearby you get to eat many mouthwatering snacks the most famous of being the “pani puri” a special delicacy which vanishes as soon as you gulp them down.
History of Mumbai
A look at the history of Mumbai reveals to us many interesting facts that led to the creation of the then city of 'Bombay'. Historical evidences suggest that the city was formed out of seven islands namely, Colaba, Mahim, Mazgaon, Parel, Worli, Girgaun and Dongri inhabited primarily by the fishermen who called these islands “Koli”, till Vasco Da Gama the famous explorer discovered the sea route which went touching the shores of Bombay via Portugal. During the Portugese rule, they established some of the most glorious architectural edifices like churches which represented the rich art and heritage of Portugese culture, some of these buildings still continues to attract tourists who come in large numbers to see these magnificient historical landmarks. In 1668 the islands were acquired by the English East India Company from Charles 2 on lease from for an annual sum of 10 pounds of gold. Shopping Places In Mumbai
Mumbai is a shopper's delight. From antique furnitures to latest fashion styles Mumbai is home to some of the best market places of the world. Noteworthy among them is the Crawford Market. A visit to the market will take you to an unusual world where elegance meets business. You would feel as if you landed in an Victorian age designed market with old shops, hundreds of sellers shouting and calling you by different names in their own languages asking you to visit their shops. These shops specialize in selling clothes, furnitures, electronic goods to vegetables. A market where you can enjoy the best bargain. If you're a lover of antique furniture then Chor Bazaar is just the place for you. As long as your sight goes you will only see antique pieces of work making you feel as if you have landed in a big palace. Situated on Mutton Street between S V Patel and Maulana Shaukat Ali Road, its a place that will offer you explicit view of Mumbai's love for art. The city is also the favorite for food lovers as it houses some of the best restaurants of India offering mouthwatering cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian and Indian dishes. For lip smacking snacks you can try out the roadside cafes.
Places to see in Mumbai
Its important to note that every city holds its own cultural identity and when you're in Mumbai you cant afford to miss on its string of tourist attraction places. Great hospitality and exotic locales are some of the features of the varied tourist places of Mumbai. Each of these places have their own interesting story to tell. Be it the grand architectural landmarks like— the Gateway of India, century old Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hanging Garden, Prince of Wales Museum, Rajabai Tower and Churchgate Railway Station to name a few or the religious places of worship-- Siddhi Vinayak Temple,Mahalaxmi Temple,Tardeo Agiary Parsi Temple and Shri Swaminarayan Temple, you are spoilt for a choice. The exotic beach locales of Mumbai like Kashid Beach and Juhu Beach along side Chowpatty are one of the widely visited areas of the city where people come in large numbers to enjoy the varied and mouth watering 'Mumbai Chats', its a place worth visiting. Also forts, amusement parks and ancient old marvellously designed caves like Elephanta Caves, Kamala Nehru Park , and the fun filled amusement park Essel World are a must in your Mumbai travel itinerary.
Hotels And Accomdations in Mumbai:
The city of Mumbai is well connnected through 24 hour flight services to and from the major cities of India and world. There are other travel services like train and bus from other towns of the country. The city is also home to some of the finest luxury hotels and budget accomdations offering impeccable hospitality services. The hotel packages have been designed keeping in mind the needs of travelers. If you want you can also opt for online booking of the hotels. These hotels provide car rentals to the prominent places of tourist attraction. Also you can enjoy limousine services to and from the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Prominent Luxury Hotels in Mumbai:
Budget Hotels in Mumbai :
Flora Fountain- One of the oldest architectural edifices of Mumbai. Built in 1864 its an poiganant display of exquisitely designed Roman art. Its located at the southern part of Dadabhai Naoroji Road, now renamed as 'the Mile Long Road'.
Bombay Stock Exchange:---A world famous landmark of Mumbai established in 1875. Located in Dalal Street. Since the city of Mumbai is the financial hub of India, this particular stock exchange plays a great role in turning the business fortunes of the country.
Charles Wales Museum Entrance: This century old museum is home to some of the best sculptures of Indo-saracenic cultures procured from different parts of the world. Located near the Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus.
Chowpatty View From Boot House: To get a wide scenic view of the sea -side Mumbai you need to visit the famous Chowpatty beach located in the heart of the city offering fascinating glimpses of the tall sky scrappers of the city.
The Taj Palace Hotel: Its one of the most important historical landmarks of the city. Not only regarded as the best luxury hotel of the city but its also well known for its artistically designed interiors.
Haji Ali's Mosque: A visit to the city remains incomplete without a visit to this beautiful place of worship. Spread over a huge acre of land with Arabian Sea nearby it offers the perfect place for a spiritual recluse.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/15